Christian Gentner

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Christian Gentner
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Gentner with VfB Stuttgart in 2013
Personal information
Full nameChristian Gentner
Date of birth (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Nürtingen, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Union Berlin
Youth career
1988–1998 TSV Beuren
1998–1999 VfL Kirchheim
1999–2004 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart II 30 (6)
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart 39 (1)
2007–2010 VfL Wolfsburg 99 (11)
2010–2019 VfB Stuttgart 273 (37)
2019– Union Berlin 0 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Germany U20 14 (3)
2009–2010 Germany 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 6 July 2019

Christian Gentner (born 14 August 1985) is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder who plays for Union Berlin. He won the Bundesliga twice, with VfB Stuttgart in 2007 and VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. He was also called up five times to the senior Germany squad.

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

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Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

1. FC Union Berlin German football club

1. FC Union Berlin is a professional German association football club based in Köpenick, Berlin. The club emerged under the current name in 1966 but can be traced back to 1906, when predecessor FC Olympia Oberschöneweide was founded. From 2009 to 2019, they competed in the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of German football. In 2019, after defeating VfB Stuttgart in the relegation play-offs, Union won promotion to the Bundesliga top flight for the first time in the club's history, for the 2019–20 season.


Club career

Before joining VfB Stuttgart, the central midfielder played at TSV Beuren and VfL Kirchheim.

VfB Stuttgart German sports club

Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V., commonly known as VfB Stuttgart, is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The club is best known for its football team which is currently part of Germany's second division 2. Bundesliga. VfB Stuttgart has won the national championship five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times.

VfL Kirchheim/Teck association football club

VfL Kirchheim/Teck is a German association football club from the city of Kirchheim unter Teck, Baden-Württemberg. The football club is part of a larger sports club that has over 4,000 members in 18 departments that include Aikido, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, fencing, fistball, gymnastics, handball, Judo, Karate, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and wrestling. The club also has sections for leisure sport, seniors, and rehabilitation.

In the 2004–05 season, he played 28 times and scored six times for the Regionalliga (third division) team of VfB Stuttgart. In the same season, he had his Bundesliga debut against Hertha BSC on 20 February 2005 (1–0). He scored his first goal in a UEFA Cup game against NK Domzale on 25 September 2005.

Regionalliga fourth division of mens association football in Germany

The Regionalliga is the fourth tier in the German football league system. Until 1974, it was the second tier in Germany and in 1994, it was introduced as the third tier. Upon the creation of the new nationwide 3. Liga in 2008, it became the fourth tier. Most clubs are full-time professional at this level.

VfB Stuttgart II association football club

VfB Stuttgart II is a German football team located in Stuttgart, currently playing in the Regionalliga Südwest due to their relegation from the 3. Liga in the 2015–16 season. They are the reserve team of VfB Stuttgart. Until 2005 the team played under the name of VfB Stuttgart Amateure.

Bundesliga Association football league

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany's primary football competition. The Bundesliga comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga. Seasons run from August to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on weekdays. All of the Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal. The winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

In 2006, Gentner's contract in Stuttgart was extended until 2010.

On 18 July 2007, he was loaned to VfL Wolfsburg until summer 2009 and on 11 August 2008 Gentner signed a permanent deal with Wolfsburg. [1]

VfL Wolfsburg sportsclub from Wolfsburg

Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg or Wolfsburg, is a German sports club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg. It is best known for its football department, but other departments include badminton, handball and athletics.

On 8 January 2010, Gentner announced that he would be joining VfB Stuttgart [2] [3] at the end of the season. After seeing out his contract with the Wolves which ended on 1 July 2010, Gentner returned to Stuttgart on a free transfer.

Union Royale Belge des Sociétés de Football Association ASBL v Jean-Marc Bosman (1995) C-415/93 is a 1995 European Court of Justice decision concerning freedom of movement for workers, freedom of association, and direct effect of article 39 of the TEC. The case was an important decision on the free movement of labour and had a profound effect on the transfers of footballers within the European Union (EU).

On 6 January 2013, Gentner extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2016 with an option for a further year. [4] Following Serdar Tasci's departure to FC Spartak Moscow, it was announced that Gentner is to be his successor as the new club captain. [5] In May 2016 Gentner extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2019. [6]

Serdar Tasci German footballer

Serdar Tasci is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre-back.

FC Spartak Moscow Russian association football club in Moscow

FC Spartak Moscow is a Russian professional football club from Moscow. Having won 12 Soviet championships and a record 10 Russian championships, it is the country's most successful club. They have also won a record 10 Soviet Cups, 3 Russian Cups and one Russian Super Cup. Spartak have also reached the semi-finals of all three European club competitions.

On 5 July 2019, Gentner signed a contract with club Union Berlin. [7]

International career

Gentner was, on 19 May 2009, called up to the senior Germany squad for their tour of Asia, [8] Gentner made his debut against China on 29 May 2009. [9]

Career statistics

As of match played on 20 March 2019. [10]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] ContinentalOtherTotal
VfB Stuttgart 2004–05 Bundesliga 10001 [lower-alpha 2] 020
2005–06 Bundesliga231206 [lower-alpha 2] 12 [lower-alpha 3] 0332
2006–07 Bundesliga15010160
VfB Stuttgart II 2004–05 Regionalliga Süd 286286
2006–07 Regionalliga Süd2020
VfL Wolfsburg 2007–08 Bundesliga31351364
2008–09 Bundesliga344318 [lower-alpha 2] 1456
2009–10 Bundesliga3442012 [lower-alpha 4] 3487
VfB Stuttgart 2010–11 Bundesliga315209 [lower-alpha 5] 3428
2011–12 Bundesliga28540325
2012–13 Bundesliga3456212 [lower-alpha 5] 2529
2013–14 Bundesliga284203 [lower-alpha 5] 1335
2014–15 Bundesliga33510345
2015–16 Bundesliga29530345
2016–17 2. Bundesliga 34621367
2017–18 Bundesliga27221293
2018–19 Bundesliga25010262
Career totals4375536651112052672
  1. Appearances in the DFB-Pokal.
  2. 1 2 3 Appearances in the UEFA Cup.
  3. Appearances in the German League Cup.
  4. Appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
  5. 1 2 3 Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

Personal life

His brother Thomas Gentner plays for TuS Koblenz.

On 15 December 2018, Gentner's father died at Stuttgart's stadium, just after Stuttgart had beaten Hertha BSC 2–1. [11]



VfB Stuttgart

VfL Wolfsburg


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  1. "Gentner to remain in Wolfsburg". 11 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008.[ permanent dead link ]
  2. "Gentner's return". 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  3. "Gentner returning to VfB Stuttgart". 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  4. "Christian Gentner signs on until 2016". VfB Stuttgart. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  5. "Christian Gentner ist jetzt der BIG BOSS" [Christian Gentner is now the BIG BOSS] (in German). 9 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  6. "Important signals". VfB Stuttgart. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  7. "CHRISTIAN GENTNER BECOMES LATEST UNION ADDITION" (in German). Union Berlin. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  8. "Löw nominiert Neuer, Träsch, Gentner und Cacau". (in German). 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  9. "China – Deutschland" (in German). Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  10. "Christian Gentner » Club matches". kicker. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  11. "Stuttgart: Christian Gentner's father dies in stadium after Bundesliga game". BBC Sport. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Serdar Tasci
VfB Stuttgart captain
Succeeded by
Marc-Oliver Kempf